BTS Jimin’s Map Of The Soul ON:E “Filter” Solo Performance Intriguing Analysis

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Jimin’s solo performances have always been special, he studied contemporary dance for years, which has always influenced his dance styles in his solo works or in BTS as a band member. BTS’ Jimin’s performance of “Filter” during the “Map Of The Soul ON:E” online concert was a showcase of the century, just to put it mildly. The song “Filter” itself is a song that has such a deep meaning that goes beyond the lyrics you read or listen to, it talks about the different roles that Jimin plays as an idol going through many filters in order to entertain his fans, his friends, the company and/or even family.

Jimin’s dance included undressing the mannequin, putting the clothes on and then removing them layer by layer, signifying the various ‘filters’ that he or people pour onto their lives, putting on certain characters while dropping some to suit whatever the situation.

The changing of the outfits is still in line with the way human beings change their thoughts, characters, lives just to be able to be accepted or fit in certain molds that the world decides. By changing out his outfits and trying on different clothes during his performance it could also mean he’s showing these different filters we put on based on who we are trying to impress, interacting with or love just to fit into society. The whole performance was simply a piece of art. Him being the perfectionist that he is, Jimin certainly put 101% and the outcome was simply a master piece!

Jimin’s performance was outrageous in how good it was, perfect in the way he executed every move, unbelievably creative in the concept that he came up with. Everything about the whole performance was beautiful, he incorporated everything, from the costumes, the visuals, the stage setting, the music, the dance moves and his persona melded into each other to create that unforgettable moment.

The amount of talent that this man possesses is truly amazing, not very many people can perform sensual, seductive dances without showing too much skin or bordering on the obscene. He was born for the stage. Jimin. He never fails to surprise fans in the best way possible and never disappoints because he puts everything; his heart, soul, body, mind and consciousness into any project that he gets involved with, he loves being a celebrity and he loves when the whole world tries to figure him out, which filter will they use on him to judge his character, intentions or emotions…

The performance was a sensual contemporary, Latin inspired dance style which fit the song “Filter” perfectly and he flawlessly carries the style throughout the song. One thing to note is that Jimin fully utilizes the full stage and his dancers well, he is one of the few artists who fully engages with his dancers. We can see this in the way the dancers help him into clothes, peel them off when he wants to discard them, when the dancers lifted him up, held him as he leaned forward or looked at his dancers sometimes during the performance. Most artists would leave their backup dancers in the background or they would have little to no roles during the performance, as for Jimin he loves to engage with his dancers thus giving the performance a more interactive feel.

Jimin always has this charisma onstage that is extremely captivating to watch as it draws you in unwillingly and you want to remain in the midst of his aura. As people famously say “to the demon who possesses Park Jimin on stage, thank you” because Jimin turns into a different person whenever he is on stage, he is possessed by the music and dance and thus oozes perfection.

Jimin’s fanbase “JiminUncut Tales & Analyses” did the analysis for Jimin’s performance and it is impressive the number of dance styles that Jimin incorporated into that solo performance. What are your thoughts?

One thing to note right off the bat is how Jimin changes his performance ever so slightly from one night to the other. By emphasizing different moves, switching speeds and changing facial expressions, he’s able to show a different side of himself, or filter, each show.

We can see this even from the very first moves. Notice how his delivery on the first night was sharp and quick, punctuating the notes of the song. On the second night, however, his delivery is slow, deliberate, tantalizing. He’s easing the audience in and teasing what’s to come.

Here too. On the first night, Jimin does a single step out onto his left foot when putting on the hat, then some casual footwork. He follows it up with a flashy pose accentuated by a beautiful body line and both arms extended.

On the second night however, he does a kick out with his left foot before stepping 1, 2 into position. When he eases into the footwork, he adds a shoulder roll for flavour. In his final pose coming around, he only extends his top arm as the other holds his hat

Taking pause to say this choreo is truly a vast combination of styles, and has a fun Latin flavour. Most moves are Latin-inspired instead of direct replicas. However, the stomps, claps, flourishes & fast footwork are to me most reminiscent of the Spanish Flamenco. José Greco:

Here is another masterful show of Jimin’s command of the music. The way he can go from slow quick slow, stomping on beat before teasing the clothing off his shoulders – it gives the illusion that he’s suddenly moving in slow motion, or even through water

Jimin’s always excelled at travelling – moving quickly across the stage and using the whole space to dance. His dancing never feels cramped or contained to one spot. Here his moves seem especially larger than life, as you might see in Broadway dancing

These are wonderfully extended moves, meaning Jimin’s stretching out his arms and legs fully to take up space and show off his body line. Also notice with how much ease his leg turns in and out on plié – he’s fantastic at this type of coordination.

Time to stop and admire how smooth this turn was. What’s unique about it is that Jimin’s turning on his back foot. Most turns push off the back foot and turn on the front foot. Here his front foot does little of the work and simply swings around to stop him facing the audience.

A common piece of footwork in this number is the use of heel toe pivots. Here Jimin uses his right leg to travel, simply from pivoting from his toe to his heel to his toe to his heel. His left leg drags along to follow and then brushes up.

The heel toe pivot is often done with both feet in opposite – your weight on the heel of one foot while on the toe of the other foot. Then you switch them, turning your feet in and out, constantly moving your weight and allowing you to shuffle sideways.

In this part, compare Jimin’s movement to the backup dancers. Notice how he ducks his head and then follows through with his shoulder. That quick-slow approach draws out the movement and his head and shoulder add dimension, elevating the quality of the move.

Here as well, a simple detail makes all the difference. Jimin’s flexed heel straightens his leg, showing off a nice line. The backup dancers instead step flatfoot and most of their legs remain bent. Jimin then does a quick shuffle kick to transition to the next part of the dance.

Shuffles can be found in many styles of dance – tap, step, Irish; most folk dances in fact. They’re done by brushing the ball of your foot off the floor very quickly – first out, then in. If you have taps on your shoes, the sound really adds to your performance! cr. mahalodotcom

Here Jimin leads with his hip as he steps forward, then crosses behind for two quick steps. It really emphasizes that forward step. Then he goes into a smooth heel toe step, also known as Happy Feet. Though similar to the heel toe pivot, Happy Feet usually stay in place.

With Happy Feet, your feet don’t usually leave the floor, but stepping into the toe pivot can help you if you want to travel with it to the front or back. Jimin largely uses the stepping for flair and to accentuate the beats of music.

Here are those Flamenco-esque claps, which are known as palmas. Flamenco uses many parts of the body as percussion, adding another layer to the music. Palmas using the fingers of one hand to hit the opposite palm and create a sharp sound are called claras.

Discrepancies in the camera angles show that at least the first half of the performance was prerecorded. And since all camera angles show the same cut scene leading into the costume change, it suggests it was done in two takes – not magically on the spot in 2 seconds. But still!

Now, turning back to a topic I always have time to talk about – Jimin’s insane leg/knee coordination. Even when stepping in and out and doing a million other things with his upper body, his legs are also turning in and out, just like they used to during the 3:33 move in Fire.

The glitter is flying now and Jimin brings even more pizzazz to the performance. This again feels more broadway or jazz – full of attitude and flair. Notice how his head, hands and extended leg have the same timing – that slow-quick-slow that makes the moves more dramatic.

And now the pièce de résistance. Throughout this song, Jimin seems to say “I can change myself and my clothes to match your tastes, but I can also be myself and wear my clothes and YOUR tastes will change to match ME.” It’s incredibly dominant and his smirk seals the deal.

And just notice the subtle difference from one night to the next. Purple Jimin gives off a cooler seductive vibe – instead of dominating, he challenges the viewer to come to him. He knows you can’t look away right now.

Next Jimin weaponizes his turnout. Already in a nice turned out second position, he brings each heel forward in turn, on beat. Notice how the opposite shoulder comes up at the same time, creating a nice line. And then he does a quick body roll to finish it off

This is truly a dangerous performance meant to capture any number of hearts. The truly exciting thing about it is that it gives Jimin a lot of room to play – with the costumes and the execution of the moves. The more he performs it, the more filters we’ll be able to see.

BONUS: These two camera angles show two different versions of this section of the dance on day 2 – one with the clap and one without. Just goes to show how hard Jimin works and how many takes he’s willing to do to make sure he gives us a perfect performance!


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